Solo Practitioner / Small Firm Section


Holds monthly luncheons with guest speakers to provide Section members the opportunity to network and discuss valuable lessons in maintaining a solo or small firm.  Topics of interest include financial management, best hiring practices, employee benefits, immigration law, maintaining a small firm in a recession and more.






2013-14 Chair

2013-14 Vice-Chair

Jason A. McGrath

Todd E. Gonyer



Staff Liaison: Heather Blackley, Director of Lawyer Volunteer & Community Services, 704/375-8624 ext.115



Upcoming Section Meetings


Section Documents/Links


NC Construction Liens: What Every Lawyer Should Know


North Carolina Connections by Harrison A. Lord


Marketing 101


Marketing Resources for Lawyers


Online Ratings and Reviews: Great Business Development, Ethical Traps, or Both?

- PowerPoint presentation from Jason McGrath & Todd Gonyer


Small Firm, Big Impact: Alliances, Arrangements and Collaboration Models


The Collaborative Practice of Law: 10 FAQs (and the Answers)


2012-13 Solo Practitioner and Small Firm Section Report
N. Renee Hughes, Chair & Jason A. McGrath, Vice-Chair

The Solo Practitioner and Small Firm Section leadership ("the leadership") had three primary goals during the 2012-2013 year. First, the leadership wanted to increase membership. Second, the leadership wished to promote interaction and networking among the members. Finally, it was the goal of the leadership to provide practical resources and information  to the members.
The Section's formal monthly meetings typically took place during lunchtime at the MCB Center, with an average attendance of perhaps 12 persons. An exception was the interactive presentation and roundtable discussion which focused on work sharing and the different type of professional relationships which can exist between lawyers of different firms. This event took place at Ice House in the South End. The Section sent out postcard invitations to members, as well as to many others whom the Bar was able to identify as potential members. This was the most well-attended Section event in recent memory. Most of the Section's monthly meetings featured panel presentations and/or interactive roundtable discussions on specific topics of interest. Among the topics were:
- What to do when a client doesn't pay (including a presentation by Richard Wright, Esq. -- Chair of the MCB Fee Dispute Committee) 
- Practical ways to reduce overhead
- Whether to charge for initial consultations
- What do you want out of the Section/Bar?

The Section also hosted informal monthly breakfasts the last Wednesday of the month at Terrace Café in SouthPark. The average attendance at these meetings was approximately 8 persons. This location generally works well, although the establishment occasionally "forgets" our standing reservation.


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